Olympic soccer tickets fail to sell

Organisers have been forced to withdraw 500,000football tickets and reduce capacity at two stadiums.

South African Olympics Athlete Rene Kalmer. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - London Olympic Games tickets are not being snapped up as quickly as officials had hoped.

As result, organisers have been forced to withdraw 500,000 football tickets and reduce capacity at two stadiums.

Hampton Park in Glasgow and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff will be affected.

The stadiums will be reduced to 40,000 seats, instead of 75,000.

Both men and women's football squads will be affected by the changes.

Local organising chairperson Sebastien Coe said the challenge comes when there are lots of venues and marches, and spectators do not know who will be playing.

Tickets are still available for athletics, hockey and beach volleyball, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.

Meanwhile, team South Africa will leave for London on Thursday afternoon.

The event will take place from 27 July to 15 August.